Monday, January 6, 2014

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Monday January 6 2014 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

How gecko feet can help space exploration

Millions of nano-scale hairs on each pad use Van der Waals force to enable it to "stick" to seemingly smooth glass © STR NEW-Reuters

Canadian scientists may have come up with a solution to a concern for space exploration ...

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Canada's defence industry - economic priorities vs human rights

Even though Canada's defence industry makes billions of dollars annually, most Canadians are not aware of the extent of defence exports, and some organizations like Project Ploughshares are concerned by where these exports are going.

The industry gets a lot of government help. And this past weekend a media report suggested Canada is increasingly looking at ...

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Technology revolutionizing retail

Shopping is changing dramatically in Canada as retailers use new technology to sell their products.  “Shopping and retail is becoming much more of a science,” says Doug Stephens, a consultant who predicts retail trends and is president of Retail Prophet Consulting.

Retailers and brands now collect more than just credit card numbers and transaction amounts to get information ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Minister's briefing notes: Rare earth elements 'critical' to Canadian economy

The "rare earth elements" used in new technology are "critical to Canada’s economy" say briefing notes for Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver, according to a report by Postmedia News journalist Jason Fekete.

Obtained by Postmedia News under access to information legislation, the briefing notes marked "Secret" says “Rare earth elements (REE) have been categorized by the government ...

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Climate activists get through security at PM's Q&A at Vancouver Board of Trade

Two climate activists slipped through security, and disrupted the beginning of a question and answer session with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Vancouver Board of Trade Monday (January 6).

One of the demonstrators stood behind the Prime Minister with a sign that read "Climate justice now". The other, a woman stood behind Iain Black, the president of ...

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National study of HPV vaccination programmes for girls.

It’s called the Quest study. It’s a nationwide analysis of the HPV vaccine programme for girls.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is now known to cause cervical cancer (cancer at the opening to the uterus). The vaccine prevents girls from getting HPV disease and therefore prevents them from getting cervical cancer.

It is also now being offered ...

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Auditor-general’s French still needs work

Controversy surrounded the appointment of Michael Ferguson as Canada’s auditor-general two years ago because he did not speak French. After an average eight hours a week of lessons his French has improved but he is still not fluent in the other of Canada’s two official languages.

Since Ferguson’s appointment the government passed legislation presented by the opposition New Democratic ...

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Alberta ranked among top tourist destinations

The western Canadian province of Alberta has been ranked ninth among top tourist destinations by the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. The province includes prairie grassland in the east and towering Rocky Mountains in the west.

An artist's depiction of the ...

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Arctic ice-loss means a wetter Europe

Summers in northern Europe have seen a lot of rainfall in the past few years resulting in several cases of flooding.

A wet summer, in itself is not especially unusual, but several successive years of very wet summers, is.

A study published recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters says the loss of Arctic sea-ice is ...

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